Officials

Become a USA Triathlon Official!

Officials are of critical importance at USA Triathlon sanctioned events. Officials uphold and enforce USA Triathlon rules and help ensure a fair competition.  You can become a USA Triathlon Official by participating at one of the many certification clinics held around the country each year.

About the clinics.

There is no charge for attending a USA Triathlon Officials Clinic. You must however, be a current member of USA Triathlon, complete a CAT 5 examination and bring it to the clinic along with your membership card.  As part of the clinic, you will join the Officials team to work as course marshals at the Sanctioned Event the following day in order to complete your CAT 5 Practicum.  The Officials Certification Clinic consists of approximately three hours of classroom lecture and discussion. Each clinic has a limited number of spaces and applicants are urged to contact the clinic instructor to reserve a space early.  Clinic attendees will be provided with the following parts of the required USA Triathlon Official’s Uniform; Shirt, Cap, Badge & Lanyard.  Clinic attendees must bring their own motorcycle helmet.

USA Triathlon Triathlon Clubs – If you would like to request a USAT official attend one of your upcoming meetings or functions, please contact  J. Ritterbeck.

Hangout On Air with Charlie Crawford – Check out this YouTube Discussion

Rules Overview

Watch & listen to this 10 minute USAT Rules Overview from USAT Commissioner of Officials, Charlie Crawford.

2015  USAT Official CAT 5 Certification & USAT Official Re-certification Clinics

3/14      SuperSeal Triathlon – San Diego, CA – Recertification (COMPLETED)
3/21      March Triathlon Series – Lake Lopez, CA – New & Recertification (COMPLETED)
5/1        Wildflower Triathlon – Bradley, CA – New & Recertification (COMPLETED)
5/1        Sahuarita Triathlon – Tucson, AZ – New (COMPLETED)
5/2       Espirit de She – Tempe, AZ – Recertification (COMPLETED)
5/16     Honolulu Triathlon – Honolulu, HI – New Certification and Recertification (COMPLETED)
6/6       Escape from Alcatraz – San Francisco, CA – New Certification and Recertification (COMPLETED)
7/18     iCAN TRI Youth Triathlon – Clovis, CA – Recertification (COMPLETED)
7/24     Vineman Triathlon – Windsor, CA – New Certification and Recertification (COMPLETED)
8/21     Santa Barbara Triathlon – Santa Barbara, CA – Recertification (COMPLETED)
9/12     Pacific Grove Triathlon – Monterey, CA New Certification [Draft-legal] (OPEN) 
10/24   LifeTime Fitness Championship – Oceanside, CA – Recertification Only   (OPEN)

* Additional Clinics may be added as the 2015 race season progresses


For more information or to sign up for a clinic, please contact J. Ritterbeck and submit the USAT Officials Certification Clinic application via email to J. and Charlie Crawford (Charlie.Crawford@USATriathlon.org).

For more information about the USAT Officials program please visit USA Triathlon.

J. Ritterbeck – USAT SW Region Officials Coordinator –jritterbeck@yahoo.com